|08-23-2013 10:30 AM|
Yup it happens.
The alpha of a dog pack is often a very pliable thing. It isn't so set in stone as people think it is where one dog just has his way with the others. Often times which dog is in charge can change situation to situation and place to place, and some will lead at times and defer leadership at other times simply to get a long. There are lots of behavioral complexities to pack behavior and to a certain degree dominance theory dumbs it down and oversimplifies it in a way that doesn't do wolves or dogs justice. Like any complex system it can be an unpredictable thing. Hence why we need to observe closely.
|08-23-2013 10:15 AM|
|Harley Hound57||My 10lb 11 year old male chi rules the house over my Aussie and my GSD and they mind their manners around him.|
|08-23-2013 09:58 AM|
Wolfy is right. If you are going to try to do this you need to back the one that is naturally the alpha of the two. You need to keep them separated when you aren't around to observe either way. There are cases where a smaller dog can run the show over dogs that are larger and stronger, but what the little dog lacks in physical strength it has in attitude and confidence over the larger stronger dogs. Even in this situation if the stronger dog decides enough is enough you have a dead small dog.
MSmaria your GSD hasn't yet hit the real rank climbing age and your problems are probably not over. I hope it doesn't become an issue but you are definitely not out of the woods yet.
|08-22-2013 04:44 PM|
If you force her to defer to the Chi, she could kill him as soon as she gets the chance to settle this once and for all. And it won't be her fault. I don't think it will be safe for either one.
|08-22-2013 02:53 PM|
When my gsd was younger I had some issues with him and my 10 pound maltipoo. If you have alot of time on your hands you can read my thread. I did have a behaviorist come out and things have been great. My gsd is now 7 months old and him and the maltipoo are doing good.
|08-22-2013 02:50 PM|
When we got Kaiser we were still fostering a 3mo Chiweenie. Slightly different circumstances in that the two absolutely loved each other and were inseparable until the adoption event (we knew she would be adopted in a heart beat - great little dog).
That said: we never allowed them to play unsupervised. Finely was all of 5lbs (and I'm probably 2 pounds high) and Kaiser is around 80lbs of GSD puppy. They played great, but with that much mass flailing around somebody needs to be paying attention.
This situation isn't much different: you can't let the two 'play' without supervision. It's just too easy for a GSD to get rough and hurt the other dog.
|08-22-2013 12:23 PM|
|rtthomps81||Thank you everyone for your comments! I will keep you posted on how it goes. and yes, a "chiweenie" is a cross between a chihuahua and dachshund. Very sweet little guy - he only weighs 6 lbs.|
|08-22-2013 04:54 AM|
|vprasad||Personally I think that showing Jaeger that chiweenie is above her (in the pack order) is the way to go. For example, have Jaeger sit and watch while chiweenie is eating and after he is done feed her. Another example is when you come home pet your chiweenie first and then talk to Jaeger... Just a search for NILF (Nothing In Life is Free) on this forum would give you TONS of information .|
|08-22-2013 12:21 AM|
If you don't want a separated household you have to prevent the older dog from correcting the puppy, and keep the puppy from being a complete jerk to the older dog. All corrections should come from you and any attempts they have to discipline each other should be corrected.
In the meantime NEVER allow them to hang out together unsupervised. And by unsupervised I mean anytime you don't have 100% of your attention on their interactions.
|08-22-2013 12:11 AM|
I think it is a Chihuahua/ Dachshund mix.
I would definitely keep them separated and prevent your puppy from annoying your older dog. Especially when said puppy is going to be so much bigger soon, and capable of killing the older dog.
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